Whatever it takes to survive: baby on board!
With the World Ski and Snowboard Festival marking the end of the ski season and swimming at the lakes still in the distance, the shoulder season for Whistlerities traditionally means vacationing or visiting family. For those of us with young children it’s a whole new travel experience, one that takes careful planning and preparation.
I’m not a planner nor am I overly organized, so shortly after I booked our trip home for the holidays to visit family with then seven week old Addie and 60lbs Truman on a stand-by flight, I started to panic. My anxiety escalated when I asked friends and family doctor for advice on travelling with an infant, “you do whatever it takes to survive” is what I was told. With that in mind I packed like a champ and researched different scenarios.
I walked on the plane with Addie in carrier firmly attached to me, an oversized diaper bag filled with toys, diapers, wipes, change of clothes for the both of us and soother (whatever it takes!) trying to apologize to people with my eyes while their glance told me “for the love of God don’t sit in my row!”. We were fortunate to get the last available seat in the back of the plane with an empty seat next to us and when we passed everyone I could literally feel them breathe a sigh of relief.
We settled into our seat and the first thing my delicate flower did was let out a thunderous smelly present down under. I rushed to the tiny lavatory changed her diaper and outfit in record time and returned to my seat just in time for take-off but without time to peel off the layers of clothes I was wearing to nurse! Needless to say, Addie didn’t get her milk until almost 30,000 feet in the air. Here are some tips that helped me survive the next five hours:
Request an empty seat next to you. It never hurts to ask when you’re checking in if your flight is fully booked. Depending on the time of travel you might be lucky with a free seat (or even row) without having to fork out extra cash!